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What about this do class warfare proponents not understand? Before spending the next few dozen paragraphs attacking the tax cuts Rep. Dale Kooyenga has proposed, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jason Stein admits the obvious:
More than 60% of a proposed $600 million a year state income tax cut would go to taxpayers making more than $100,000 a year, or about the same share of the total income tax now being paid by those taxpayers, a new report finds.
So the taxpayers who pay roughly 60% of the tax burden in this state will receive roughly 60% of the cuts in taxes? How unfair!
The [Legislative Fiscal Bureau] report finds that the average tax cut for all groups of taxpayers under the Walker and Kooyenga proposals would be $150 in 2014 and $290 in 2015, with 73.4% of all tax filers in the state seeing a tax decrease in that second year and 0.3% seeing an increase in their taxes. That's because under the Kooyenga plan relatively little-used tax credits benefiting several thousand tax filers would be eliminated.
So EVERYONE who pays income taxes in the state of Wisconsin will see an average tax cut of between $150 and $290 over the next two years? How shameful!
Yet the Journal Sentinel still trots out the same tired liberal Democrats to spout the same tired liberal talking points:
Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine), a member of the Legislature's budget committee, said that the full tax cut had received little public input or scrutiny and would leave less money available for schools without substantially helping the middle class.
"This is a tax plan that by and large will benefit peple who make well into the six figures," Mason said. "It taxes a cashier making $14 an hour (at) the same (rate) as someone making $300,000 a year."
No, it will bring Wisconsin's tax code more in line with the federal system of taxation. Moreover, it fairly spreads its tax cuts (which in many cases are simply cuts to the INCREASE in tax rates in any given year) across the income levels that are paying the lion's share of the tax burden in Wisconsin.
Families paying more than 60% of the taxes receive more than 60% of the tax cuts. What exactly is so difficult to understand about this?
Since the Sandy Hook tragedy, anti-gun educators have gone to insane lengths to ensure nothing even resembling a firearm (such as a cupcake or Pop-Tart) gets into a school. WISN's Dan O'Donnell takes a look:
The Washington Post's conservative columnist, Jennifer Rubin, has high praise for Wisconsin's governor after his recent trip to Iowa. As she writes today:
For a party that will need to bridge the gap between stalwart conservatives and reformers, Walker has cross-over appeal. Byron York remarks: "Talk to Iowa politicos who supported Mitt Romney last time around, and then talk to politicos who supported anybody but Romney, and ask what they think about Walker. You’ll hear a lot of positive things from both groups."
Walker has gained credibility as a fighter in standing up to Big Labor and surviving a recall attempt, while pursuing a conservative reform agenda on health care, the budget and education.
He’s also showed he can deliver a stemwinder, early in the year at the CPAC convention and now in Iowa.
This latest recognition is just one more in a growing list of signs that Governor Walker is now a major player on the national scene, not just as a fundraiser for other candidates, but as a serious contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, should he choose to pursue it.
No, really. Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress told Bill Maher that she helped author the Affordable Care Act, telling him on Friday night's HBO show:
Yes. I helped write the bill. So yes, I read the bill. I read all 2,200 pages of the bill. And you know like Dodd-Frank and the immigration bill? These are all long bills. The number of pages don't matter to how complicated it is. There's been a lot of rhetoric for years. When you have people who can afford healthcare for the first time. When we have a country where you no longer have to go bankrupt because of your healthcare costs.
Unfortunately for her, it appears as though the law she helped write WILL in fact bankrupt families. CNS News reports:
In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year.
Under Obamacare, Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS.
The IRS's assumption that the cheapest plan for a family will cost $20,000 per year is found in examples the IRS gives to help people understand how to calculate the penalty they will need to pay the government if they do not buy a mandated health plan.
The examples point to families of four and families of five, both of which the IRS expects in its assumptions to pay a minimum of $20,000 per year for a bronze plan.
Now let's assume the average family of four or five earns somewhere in the neighborhood of $40,000 to $50,000 per year. How exacly won't a $20,000 health care plan bankrupt them?
Christopher Swindell has done what many thought to be impossible: he has written the single most illogical, incoherent, just downright crazy anti-gun polemic in history. It was first published in the Charleston Gazette, and this brief excerpt may not even do its insanity justice:
The NRA advocates armed rebellion against the duly elected government of the United States of America. That's treason, and it's worthy of the firing squad. The B.S. needs a serious gut check. We are not a tin pot banana republic where machine gun toting rebel groups storm the palace and depose the dictator.
We put the president in the White House. To support the new NRA president's agenda of arming the populace for confrontation with the government is bloody treason. And many invite it gladly as if the African-American president we voted for is somehow infringing on their Constitutional rights.
Normally, I am a peaceable man, but in this case, I am willing to answer the call to defend the country. From them.
To turn the song lyric they so love to quote back on them, "We'll put a boot in your ---, it's the American way."
Except it won't be a boot. It'll be an M1A Abrams tank, supported by an F22 Raptor squadron with Hellfire missiles. Try treason on for size. See how that suits. And their assault arsenal and RPGs won't do them any good.
Read the whole thing. Seriously, read it. Read it right now, because it is a. hilarious and b. instructive of the level of idiocy combined with pathological absurdity that has informed the liberal postition on the gun debate since, well, the beginning of the gun debate.
Christopher Swindell just had the stones to say what they're all thinking.
Since a liberal pundit actually called Attorney General Eric Holder "the Moses of our time," WISN's Dan O'Donnell thought he should have his own Ten Commandments.
I. I am Barack, thy God. Thou shalt have no other gods before me
II. Thou shalt not carve for thyself any graven images, such as the Constitution
III. Thou shalt not take the name of Hillary in vain
IV. Remember Earth Day and keep it holy
V. Honor thy father and mother unless of course they are conservatives, then report them to the IRS
VI. Thou shalt not kill…except with drones
VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Bill Clinton gets a pass on this one
VIII. Thou shalt not steal, except from working people to give to non-working people. Thou art to call that taxation
IX. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy Government, and to ensure this, we will go judge shopping to be able to seize all of thy phone records and track thy movements through thy key card
X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s property. Wait, who am I kidding? Our entire political philosophy is based on being resentful of those who have more than you. Covet away!
Milwaukee's County Board Chairwoman once again reveals herself to be a pathological liar as she steadfastly refuses to admit that her new committee assignments are designed to punish the three supervisors who organized an unsuccessful coup against her.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Dan Bice reports:
As part of Dimitrijevic's reshuffling of committee assignments, the dissident supervisors -- Mark Borkowski, Deanna Alexander and Steve F. Taylor -- were all hit with demotions or reduced duties on the County Board.
Not a huge surprise.
But Dimitrijevic is refusing to own up to the obvious. Asked if she was engaging in political payback, Dimitrijevic issued a statement that skirted the issue entirely.
This shouldn't be surprising from a woman who wouldn't admit to negotiating with a decertified union after evidence surfaced that she was negotiating with a decertified union, but it does serve to underscore the importance of the bill Governor Walker plans to sign today that will dramatically reduce the damage her dishonesty, vindictiveness, and just plain stupidity can do to Milwaukee County.
A stunning new poll finds eroding support for the supposed 2016 presidential frontrunner. Who would have guessed that four dead Americans would be such a touchy issue for voters? The Washington Examiner reports:
While her favorability rating in February was 61 percent, a new Quinnipiac University poll out Friday had it cobbled down to 52 percent and her once double-digit lead over potential GOP presidential challengers Jeb Bush and Sen. Rand Paul has been cut to less than 10 percent.
"Her score is down substantially from her all-time high score in February. The drop in her favorability is substantial among men, Republicans and independent voters. One reason for her drop may be that 48 percent of voters blame her either a little or a lot for the death of the American ambassador in Benghazi," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University polling Institute.
You think, Mr. Brown? You really think that the fact that nearly half of respondents blame her personally for the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in a terror attack that she lied about for weeks might be driving down her poll numbers?
That's some darned fine analysis there. Darned fine.
Unsurprisingly, when the veil of Hillary's supposed infallibility and presidential inevitability is pierced, Americans remember why they just don't like her all that much.
A state that has been one of the president's most ardent supporters is now finding out that it reaps what it sows. Californians are preparing for the sticker shock of a 146% increase in premiums. Forbes reports:
If you’re a 25 year old male non-smoker, buying insurance for yourself, the cheapest plan on Obamacare’s exchanges is the catastrophic plan, which costs an average of $184 a month. (By “average,” I mean the median monthly premium across California’s 19 insurance rating regions.)
The next cheapest plan, the “bronze” comprehensive plan, costs $205 a month. But in 2013, on eHealthInsurance.com, the median cost of the five cheapest plans was only $92.
In other words, for the typical 25-year-old male non-smoking Californian, Obamacare will drive premiums up by between 100 and 123 percent.
A typical 25 year-old Californian is also a typical Obama voter. Think he'll be second-guessing his support come next year?